Israeli police forces have clashed with hundreds of Palestinians protesting against a US-made anti-Islam film in the east of the holy city of al-Quds (Jerusalem). Protesters hurled stones and firebombs at a military checkpoint as they marched from the Shuafat camp toward a crossing that connects east and west al-quds, where they confronted Israeli security forces. At least 20 demonstrators were wounded by tear gas and rubber bullets fired by Israeli police, according to an AFP correspondent. Meanwhile in Ramallah, hundreds of Palestinians took part in a peaceful sit-in against the US-produced movie. Outrage and anti-US sentiment is growing across the Muslim world over the Sacrilegious movie that insults Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Last week, US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, along with three other consulate staff members, was killed in Benghazi after clashes involving a group of angry demonstrators near the consulate building.The anti-Islam film has drawn condemnation from many countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Britain, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia and Yemen as well as the Vatican in Rome. Fresh demonstrations were held in several Pakistani cities, including Quetta, Lahore and Islamabad, with protesters demanding the government to expel the US diplomats. Sam Bacile, a real estate developer, has assumed responsibility for the film released on the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which he said was made thanks to Jewish donations totaling $ 5 million. Over a dozen people have already been killed in protests since the release of the film. PG/JR